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Spain: Almost 4 million kilos of Canary bananas lost due to recent wind storms

Between 22 and 24 December, the Canary Islands activated a yellow alert due to strong winds, waves and the calima.

According to the reports made so far, the winds caused losses in 1,752 hectares of banana plantations in the Canary Islands, with most of the municipalities where the fruit is grown being affected; however, everything points to these losses not being severe, except in the areas that were more exposed to the winds.

The losses amount to approximately 3,890,000 kilos. 60% of the farms affected have suffered damages ranging on average by between 8 and 10%.

The most affected areas are in Tenerife, with losses amounting to 1,940,000 kilos in the south and 530,000 kilos in the north; in the south west of La Gomera, with losses amounting to 120,000 kilos, and in west and south La Palma, with 1,300,000 kilos lost, as well as damage to greenhouses and windbreaks.

The other areas affected have only registered slight damages affecting the leaves, with hardly any fallen plants. So far, around 5,000 plots have reported damages, with those caused to greenhouses currently being assessed by technicians.

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